Digital discrimination and hate speech online is situated at the intersection of multiple tensions: it is the expression of conflicts between different groups within and across societies; it is a vivid example of how technologies with a transformative potential such as the Internet bring with them both opportunities and challenges; and it implies complex balancing between fundamental rights and principles, including freedom of expression and the defence of human dignity.
Racism and discrimination are not new phenomena and although publicly condemned, are often privately tolerated in online contexts. They have undergone a transformation from visible to more latent forms and are manifested in popular social networking sites (hereafter SNS). Youth, the main users of these sites, are particularly affected by and exposed to racist and discriminatory messages, that in forms of images, videos, comments, are circulated in SNS. Users can be easily misled, since “cloaked” (disguised) forms of discrimination are hidden in false, “politically correct discourses”, like “I am not a racist, but… “. While taking into consideration how these sites constitute a powerful form of non-formal learning, recognizing how youth in particular are challenged by online racist contents, “Anti-discrimination Pack 2.0” project is directed towards providing guidance and preparing the youth workers to learn, use and share the Anti-discrimination Pack. As follows, the project is aimed:
-to share methodology worked out during the project INTERNET: CREATIVELY UNVEILING DISCRIMINATION (I:CUD) called ‘antidiscrimination pack’ which has been done by CEPS SOCIALS PROJECTS (http://digitaldiscrimination.eu/);
-to enable and support young people to become active and responsible digital users;
-to assess and reflect on their own use of technology, make changes, challenge and combat digital discrimination.
The project provides a practical guide on how to unveil masked discriminatory practices: to show a way of becoming creative “prosumers”, who do not just passively “consume discriminatory contents” but actively produce material counteracting such conducts.
As follows, 6 organizations, coming from Spain, Cyprus, Poland, UK and Germany: Dramblys (Coordinator), C.I.P Citizens In Power, EureCons Förderagentur GmbH, Fundacja “Zielony Slon”, CEPS PROJECTES SOCIALS and Kairos Europe Limited will be working together to update the Anti-discrimination Pack, developing new tools to combat racism and discrimination online and news approaches to address social, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity.
The project has been financed by Erasmus+ programme, KA2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth.